CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Ipad is almost ubiquitous in the working world. They make looking up documents a snap and so much easier to read. That's why many doctors are considering using them in their rounds. It cuts down on carrying paper files or needing to find a bulky computer to look things up.
WBTV's Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton, says this is a wonderful breakthrough but she explains why you might want to ask your Doctor a few questions the next time she or he pulls out the iPad .
The good news is you have a few things working in your favor to keep your data safe.
For starters there are laws that require everyone in the medical field to safeguard your information. For example, HIPAA ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ) is a law that requires hospital's and doctor's offices to safeguard your privacy and your personal information.
She also mentions there are a variety of security products, some already included on the iPad by Apple, and some for purchase that can make a difference in protecting you and your data:
iPad has some built in features such as WPA2 security, data encryption, and options for locking the device, using a password to retrieve information, and even a command to wipe all the data it is lost or stolen. .
New products are on the market that a doctor's office or hospital can purchase to give your Doctor access to files in a more secure way.
TIPS FOR ANY IPAD USER:
- iPad users need to run the latest operating system on the iPad for the best protection
- Use the auto lock feature with a smart password
- Set up your iPad so it will erase all data after 10 unsuccessful password attempts
- Enable the remote wipe feature, in case it is lost or stolen
- If storing medical data, the iPad should not be used for any personal purposes to limit exposures to viruses and malware
- Encrypt data during transmissions and storage
- Use WPA2 protocol on their networks
- Stay away from free or public wifi if at all possible
A very sophisticated criminal could get past these defenses but these steps will offer some basic protections.
For tips on how businesses can make their iPads more secure, go to www.apple.com/ipad/business/integration for more information
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